The SNP’s reputation as a socially liberal party has been challenged by a survey suggesting its members actually hold traditionally conservative views.
Researchers at the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London studied the memberships of all the main political parties in detail.
The SNP is identified, both by its members and the public, as a left-leaning, socially liberal rival to the Labour Party. However, according to the survey, completed by more than 4,000 members of the main parties, SNP members are also the most socially conservative of the opposition parties.
Members were asked questions about society ranging from the level of respect children show to British values to the death penalty. On all the issues, SNP members were more conservative than any…